By Win Quier
We all make purchases almost every day of our lives. Do you stand behind the impact your purchase makes? An impact that shows support to local farmers, the dairy, bovine and poultry industries. Your purchases speak loudly to the different industries and what some do for the all-mighty dollar.
Elizabeth Edwards said, “But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.” Are you able to make a daily effort to have a positive impact? Take a look at your purchases, reflect on whether you are supporting the Mom and Pop business or a national chain, supporting the local famer or purchasing produce, which can be grown where you live, that comes from another state or country. Inform yourself on the use of pesticides or growth hormones and the vegetables, dairy or meat in the grocery store where you shop. Which statement are you making?
- I don’t care what my purchase says or if a statement is made.
- I make a concerted effort to support local businesses and make an informed, wise choice when I make a purchase.
Consider taking a stand now to make a positive difference when you buy. If your store doesn’t carry local produce make a phone call, write a letter or send an email to the owner or manager of that business. If the local butcher sells beef, pork or poultry that has had growth hormones used or harsh treatment of the animals…let him know also. If this is difficult, do your research and read the labels the next time you go dairy shopping at the supermarket; and do the same. What you have to say is heard loudly. Business owners want to hear from their customer. Even negative letters make an impact. (Just do it with tact. You should start with a compliment, make your position known and end with a little more sugar. Ranting letters filled with expletives don’t produce the effect you want.)
“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” Anita Roddick
As one individual you do and can make a difference. A lone voice can be heard and action taken because it has spoken. Take this as a call to action concerning where your purchases are made and if you are supporting positively or negatively.
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